Ann Anderson

What’s Opera, Doc?

For those of you with unlimited time this summer be sure to watch the complete 11 disc set of Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, parodied masterfully by Chuck Jones in “What’s Opera, Doc?” (see video below)

The MVCC Library has the complete Ring cycle, plus for your added viewing pleasure a DVD version of “The Making of the Ring” by Peter Weinberg, a documentary about Patrice Chéreau’s controversial centenary production of Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen” produced at Bayreuth 1976-1980.

We have other great operas:

  • La Boheme: the tale of tragic love between Mimi and Rodolfo set in the Latin Quarter of Paris in 1830
  • Billy Budd: the story of the clash between the young, innocent sailor, Billy Budd, and his corrupt superior, Claggart;
  •  Madama Butterfly: a heart-rending story about a sweet-natured Japanese girl and the caddish American lieutenant who marries then deserts her;
  • The Marriage of Figaro:  a comic opera and continuation of the plot of The Barber of Seville, which recounts a single “day of madness” (la folle giornata) in the palace of the Count Almaviva near Seville, Spain;
  • La Traviata: The story of a beautiful courtesan dying of consumption and her love for a poor nobleman;
  • Macbeth: the first of Verdi’s Shakespearean operas about the manipulative wife whose desire to gain the Scottish throne drives her husband to murder and leaves both with blood on their hands;
  • Trollflöjten (The Magic Flute): an opera by Mozart, in which a handsome young man is enlisted to rescue the Queen of Night’s daughter from an evil sorcerer.

Find them in the online catalog.

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Shakespeare on DVD!


“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players” but you can be a watcher too! The MVCC Library has numerous Shakespeare plays on DVD, including As You Like It, which is the source of the quote (Act II, Scene VII).




All’s Well That Ends Well

As You Like It

The Comedy of Errors


Love’s Labours Lost

Measure for Measure

The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Merchant of Venice

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Much Ado About Nothing

Pericles, Prince of Tyre

Taming of the Shrew

The Tempest

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

Two Gentlemen of Verona

Winter’s Tale

Henry IV, pt. 1

Henry IV, pt. 2

Henry V

Henry VIII

King John

Richard II

Richard III



Julius Caesar

King Lear


Merchant of Venice


Romeo and Juliet

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus


Search the online catalog  for Shakespeare dvds, grab some popcorn and enjoy!


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Cataloger’s Shelf: Picture=1,000 Words

Who doesn’t love a good picture, especially if it’s worth a thousand words? For some fascinating pics check out these new books: The Physics of Invisibility: A Story of Light and Deception by Martin Beech (QC406.B4 2012), Principles of Animal Communication by J.W. Bradbury (QL776.B73 2011), and Black in White America by Leonard Freed (E185.86.F76 2010).

 In The Physics of Invisibility: A Story of Light and Deception , Beech discusses the many, many ways in which an object can be made invisible, some of which appear to be magical

Bradbury, in Principles of Animal Communication, was able to use many superb photos from Flickr to illustrate animal use of sound, visual, and chemical signals for all aspects of life: from attraction and courtship to conflict resolution and social integration.

Freed’s book, Black in White America, presents a facsimile edition of a powerful photo-essay, first published in 1968, that looks at African American life during the civil rights era. Freed’s photo-essay presents a composite of the daily lives of black people in the north and south, on city streets, in housing projects, and in rural communities, living joyously, peacefully, and defiantly during the greatest social struggle of our times.


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